Lethal nest materials

Subject: Lethal nest materials
From: storm <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:22:06 +1100

At this point, it became clear the bird wouldn't survive. It had spent at least 
a full day struggling so hard, its leg was broken and hung loose. If infection
didn't kill it, inability to perch surely would.
We debated getting it euthanised but decided to let it go. It flew away
strongly, towards its parents.


can I ask all listers to reflect upon the above statement?

An animal that can not survive, ethically (if not in law), must be euthanised. It is not humane to leave an animal to die of infection, starvation or predation because one does not want to have to make the decision to take it's life.

If one feels unable to make the decision one's self please hand the bird to a wildlife rehabber or vet so that the bird may receive appropriate care, pain relief and other medication, while a decision about the viability or otherwise of the bird is determined.

I have killed far too many animals and I never get used to it, it is never a casual decision. But a humane death is a far kinder thing than to give the bird days or weeks of suffering before the inevitable outcome.



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